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  • jramp20032000 jramp20032000 Oct 14, 2006 12:19 AM Flag

    This just cracks me up

    "Glaxo targets pharmacists over diet drug fears"

    What fear? Who has the fear? Is it Glaxo? Why market it OTC if they have so much fear? Is it the customers who haven't tried it yet? Do THEY have fear? Where is all this "fear" coming from?

    Perhaps the "fear" is from those customers who have tried the prescription version. Shitting in your pants in the middle of a church service WOULD evoke fear.

    Maybe the fear is of professional journalists who can't spell. The first sentence of the Reuters article reads, "Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline Plc (London:GSK.L - News) has asked U.S. pharmacists to warm patients about the unpleasant side effects that may occur with a potential over- the-counter diet drug."

    How do you "warm" someone of a side effect?

    I guess having your britches full of liquid poop would be a "warm" sensation. Maybe that's what they're trying to get across.

    And how are the pharmacists supposed to inform customers about the side effects if this stuff is going to be sitting out on the shelf next to the HydroxyCut and all the other placebos? Are they supposed to monitor that particular shelf and run the customers down if a bottle is picked up? "Hey Buddy, you're in for an interesting weekend!"

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    • And how is this new? In days gone by one of the many "O-T-C" weight loss aids was Ex-Lax the candy laxative. Overdosing would empty the entire digestive tract without absorbing any nutritive value. Also in the same era there was another weight loss aid named Ayds, which was non-digestible cellulose which muffled the hunger pangs. This was finally done in by the disease of the same name. I guess what goes around comes around.

    • Warnings such as �unexpected oily discharge� pretty much doomed Xenical as a prescription medicine. I don�t expect OTC sales to be any better.

      The best advice will never change:

      1. Push away from the trough,
      2. Get off your butt and burn some calories,
      3. And when you're at the trough, eat smaller portions.

      That�s the only way to get healthy long-term results. Sometimes tough love is the best love.

    • This cracks me up even more:

      GlaxoSmithKline SPOKESWOMAN Brian Jones said the company is educating pharmacists to let patients know they must follow a low-fat diet and exercise to avoid these side effects.

      "If you keep to a low-fat diet, you won't notice them. But if you continue with a high-fat diet," the effects are likely to emerge, HE said.

      Not only that, but they updated the article to correct the "warm patients", but they are still calling Brian a woman...

    • If the lower dose affects people like this - what will the full dose do to them.


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